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flushing ACA subsidies

Flushing away $10,000 to ‘just say No’

“The vast majority of our clients are thrilled to find out they qualify for subsidies. But to some people, the premium tax credits feel like something they haven’t “earned” and thus shouldn’t be entitled to use.”

March 27, 2014

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red state exchange hurdles

ACA’s surprisingly successful exchanges

If North Carolina were pulling up the enrollment rear, it probably wouldn’t surprise anyone. The state has a Republican Governor and legislature, opted to let HHS run its exchange, refused to expand Medicaid, and passed a law in early 2013 blocking state agencies from participating in ACA implementation. And only 38 percent of the population supports the ACA (48 percent are opposed to the law). Yet among the states where HHS is running the exchange, only Texas and Florida have higher private plan enrollment totals – and their populations are significantly larger.

March 12, 2014

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Bringing profound change by bus, yet again

Most of the folks we met on the tour were unaware that nearly 6 in 10 people who don’t have health coverage and are eligible for coverage through the new marketplaces can find coverage for $100 or less per month. For instance, a 27-year-old who earns $25,000 annually in the Orlando area can find a Bronze plan that costs $102 per month – or a Silver plan for $145 per month – once tax credits are factored in. A family of four earning $50,000 a year can find a Bronze plan that costs $126 per month after tax credits.

March 2, 2014

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red states and medicaid expansion

Red state pain won’t be limited to poor

Not only will the states end up paying billions of dollars in uncompensated care for residents who remain uninsured, but private health insurance in states that don’t expand Medicaid will be more expensive as well.

October 30, 2013

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Cancer trumps ideology in reform debate

She is not a political pawn in the partisan battle. She is a mother of two young children, a wife, a friend, a working and breathing part of what remains the integral but fading fabric of traditional American entrepreneurship.

And she is a victim for believing in an ideology which on the surface seems honorable and sincere, but when its layers are stripped to its core, is a heartless attempt to keep people from healthcare that everyone needs.

September 29, 2013

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Medicaid for the middle class

Obamacare ‘Medicaid for the middle class?’

Yet another catchy phrase, “Medicaid for the middle class,” is popping up in conservative propaganda. What are Obamacare’s opponents trying to say?

July 31, 2013

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100 days until ACA enrollment starts

Sunday, June 23, marks 100 days until the first day that people will be able to enroll in an affordable health insurance plan through the new insurance marketplaces in every state. On October 1, American families will be able to sign up for new health insurance options with coverage that will begin on January 1, 2014.

June 22, 2013

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stephen colbert

HHS gets specific: ACA’s essential benefits

What’s basic in health care is an issue of heated debate. Individuals and groups as diverse as cancer advocates, children’s hospitals, parents of disabled children, physical therapists, dentists, and optometrists have been waiting for final clarification from HHS.

February 22, 2013

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The ‘wild ride’ ahead for Obamacare

Harold Pollack talks with Jonathan Cohn, Senior Editor of The New Republic about the “wild ride” ahead for the Affordable Care Act, now that it’s survived a fierce Congressional battle, a Supreme Court challenge and the recent Presidential election.

February 15, 2013

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health wonk review

Health Wonk Review for January 31, 2013

Maggie Mahar provides a round-up of some of the most provocative healthcare posts of the past two weeks in this edition of Health Wonk Review.

January 31, 2013

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Health Wonk Review June 5 2014

Health Wonk Review for June 5, 2014

If you haven’t gotten your health policy fix, head over to Health Wonk Review –…


Looking beyond the botched ACA rollout

"People have given up on the repeal. There are very few people who want Congress to…

price responsive consumers

Figuring out how to put ‘skin in the game’

The studies indicate that people are very responsive to healthcare prices when they see…

Curbside Consult David Cutler

Can we ‘do the right thing’ profitably?

David Cutler was the author of a prescient and scathing 2010 analysis warning of the need…


Dem ad slays Obamacare-hating Republican

Of the nearly half a billion dollars that has been spent on political ads mentioning the…


Health Wonk Review for May 22, 2014

Summer's here (at least it is where I am) and with it comes a summer-y edition of Health…

Sabrina Corlette health reform

Obamacare: Just what the doctor ordered?

In Part 2 of my conversation with Sabrina Corlette, we talk about whether the Affordable…

Health Wonk Review May - 2014

Health Wonk Review for May 8, 2014

Just a reminder that if you're still looking for some compelling health policy reading…


‘Bros’ on board – and other promising signs

With 8 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare's exchanges – 28 percent of them young…

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Will you need a cancer insurance policy?

While the Affordable Care Act has greatly expanded coverage for millions of Americans –…

missed Obamacare enrollment deadline

Miss open enrollment? You’ve got options.

Now that open enrollment has ended – and the extensions have passed in most states –…

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Save on prescription drugs close to home

The good news is that, whether you are insured or uninsured, anyone can utilize a few…

Will you owe an Obamacare Penalty?

Will you owe a penalty under Obamacare?

If, for whatever reason, you decide not to purchase coverage in 2014, you can use the…


Qualifying events that can get you coverage

Even if you missed the general open enrollment, you could still have an opportunity to…

STM: Short Term Medical

Short-term health insurance

Now that the 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period is over, a short-term policy will…

Health insurance for college students.

Student health insurance

Before college starts, students and their families need to ensure that their health…

Obamacare's essential benefits

Health reform’s 10 essential benefits

The ACA specifies ten benefits be included in all health insurance plans sold on each…

ACA owners manual

Getting the most from your new insurance

The media have focused on the cost of the monthly premium. How much would you contribute…

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